THE AVATAR IN PANAMA: MODERN AND POSTMODERN DOUBLES AND DOUBLING IN ENRIQUE JARAMILLO LEVI’S WORLD OF DUPLICACIONES

Author: Denise MacLeod

MacLeod, Denise, 2009 THE AVATAR IN PANAMA: MODERN AND POSTMODERN DOUBLES AND DOUBLING IN ENRIQUE JARAMILLO LEVI’S WORLD OF DUPLICACIONES, Flinders University, School of Humanities

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Abstract

The concept of the double in literature has long enjoyed controversy. Originally, its purpose was to function purely as a comic device or to create an atmosphere conducive to the theme of mistaken identity. As the artistic and social milieu changed, the double came to embody unconscious desire in the form of a projected second self. Although its popularity as a theme seems to have waned in recent times, the double has re-emerged with a new twist as it has moved into the realm of postmodernism. Panamanian writer, Enrique Jaramillo Levi, has become synonymous with the concept although to date the theme has not been researched at all in its application to his work. This thesis deals with the treatment of this literary device in the work of Jaramillo Levi from a modern and postmodern perspective by using representative writers from around the world.

Keywords: doubles,doubling,doppelganger,Panamanian Literature,Enrique Jaramillo Levi,Duplicaciones,psychoanalysis
Subject: Spanish thesis, Portuguese thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2009
School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Supervisor: Dr. Maria Elena Lorenzin, Ms. Fiona Taler